Lueck announces grants available to combat aquatic invasive species

Dale Lueck

State Rep. Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin, announced grants for projects that control invasive aquatic plants are now available through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ invasive species program in a news release Tuesday, Feb. 4.

The DNR indicates about $530,000 is available to lake associations, watershed districts, cities and counties for projects that control curly-leaf pondweed, Eurasian watermilfoil and flowering rush using herbicides, mechanical control or a combination of both.

“This grant program allows local lake associations and units of government to directly attack aquatic invasive plants and particularly target the needs of their lake or watershed,” Lueck stated in the release. “Please don’t hesitate to apply for a grant where a need is identified.”

Applications are now being accepted with a deadline of 9 a.m. Feb. 24. Details regarding grant requirements and application materials may be viewed by visiting and searching for “aquatic invasive species grants control projects.” Applications will be reviewed and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Questions may be directed to DNR aquatic invasive species management consultant Wendy Crowell at 651-259-5085 or .

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